With the rise in security risks for households and workspaces, a hidden camera can prove to be highly beneficial. As the name suggests, hidden cameras (or spy cameras) record their subjects without their knowledge and consent. These cameras may not be visible to the naked eye as they will be disguised as another object.
Hidden cameras are perfect for capturing footage in case of any burglary or malicious activities. These cameras are hard to spot and prevent burglars from disabling them. So let us find out how to install hidden cameras.
How to Install Hidden Cameras?
Step 1 – Pick the Perfect Spot
The first step to installing a hidden camera is finding the perfect spot to put it. You need to think about the area or person you want to monitor. Make sure the camera points directly to this area without any obstruction.
For example, if you are worried about someone breaking into your house while you are away, you can place the hidden cameras near the doors and windows. If you want to monitor your nanny or your baby, you can place a camera pointing towards your baby’s crib. If you want to watch your deliveries, you need a camera that can see your doorstep.
If you want to record clear and crisp audio, you need to position your camera accordingly. You need to make sure it is close enough to the speaker and not near anything noisy.
You also need to place your security camera near the external power supply. Although most modern cameras are battery-powered, some may rely on an external power source.
Hidden cameras have internal storage or broadcast videos through a network connection. If your camera requires a network connection, ensure to keep it close to the computer or router that it connects to.
Before you finalize the spot for your hidden camera, you need to check whether your eye gets naturally drawn to the location. Certain areas in your household may attract more attention than others, such as TV sets, paintings, etc. A hidden camera is useless if the target can spot it.
Ensure the hidden camera is difficult to see, meaning disguise the camera in everyday objects such as coffee makers, alarm clocks, wall hooks, etc. Another critical thing to keep in mind is to ensure that your hidden camera is shielded from the elements. If you place your camera outdoors, you need to shelter it within a sunroom or screened patio.
Step 2 – Install the Camera
Now that you have found the perfect spot for your hidden camera, you need to install the camera. There are multiple commercially available hidden cameras, and each comes with its specific installation instructions. Install the necessary software for the camera to function.
You may even have to download an application on your mobile to monitor and control the camera remotely.
Once you install your camera, check its functioning. You can start by waving in front of the camera, and you can test the recording to see if this motion was filmed. You can mimic a real-world scenario by walking into the room and looking around, and see if the camera records all this with appropriate quality.
You can test your camera again in a few hours or after a few days to ensure it’s up and running. Also, post the setup, you will have to perform maintenance from time to time. You may have to switch batteries if the camera is battery-powered.
You may have to clear old recordings to make storage space for new ones. You may also have to keep checking whether the camera records seamlessly.
Installing a hidden camera is quite easy, even for the average person. You just have to find the right spot and follow the given set up instructions.
Hidden cameras are perfect for monitoring your private spaces. They help you keep track of who comes in and their interaction in that particular space. We hope our guide enables you to install your hidden camera.